Alzira — A Fado singer in London

It was yesterday that the singer Alzira performed at the Portuguese Love Affair Deli in Columbia Road, Hackney, London. With Alzira played two amazing fado guitarists, Ricardo Martins (on European tour) and Álvaro Vinhas. 
It was a very nostalgic evening for me. It brought back memories of Lisbon, old kitchens, grandmas and everything I miss in general.
Fado does this to you and you only realise it when you stay away from home for a long time.

Pat + Rui = Love

I just sent the photos to the bride. She tells me that she's emotional and she can't stop looking at them. And this is why I love my job! 
Pat and Rui got married in a *beautiful* sunny day in December and I flew to Lisbon to do the photos. If you've never been to Lisbon before, this is what the Winter there looks like.
The photos shown here were taken after the ceremony, on a stroll down Avenida da Liberdade, one of the main avenues in Lisbon. 
I have to thank the couple for being so amazing and for trusting me entirely. It was a very special day that I got to share with them. I am very honoured!

This year's wedding season is about to begin. If you love my work and are getting married soon, please get in touch to book your photo shoot. I cover small and big ceremonies, in the UK and abroad. Just drop me a line using the contact page to know more.  


I also created a little slideshow that you can see here. Enjoy. :)

Women's March — London 2017

I'm so glad I could join this beautiful march. Londoners from all walks of life united in a beautiful feminist march against hate and bigotry. 

Portrait in Lisbon

I met with Sofia Tonicher, Head of Production at Midas Filmes for lunch at the recently renovated Palácio Chiado in downtown Lisbon, Portugal. 
We've been friends for many years and it's not the first time I photograph her. 
I saw an opportunity for a portrait when we saw the frescos. Such a classic setting with beautiful yet low key natural light, I had to take that chance.
We had been talking about Portuguese cinema and I think I took that as an inspiration.

Sofia Tonicher posing next to a fresco in Palacio Chiado, Lisbon — all rights reserved 2016©Joana Saramago
Sofia Tonicher posing next to a fresco in Palacio Chiado, Lisbon — all rights reserved 2016©Joana Saramago

Babis Alexiadis and Ron Arad's Curtain Call

Go visit if you can, the amazing installation Ron Arad's Curtain Call at the Roundhouse in London.
One of the artists, Babis Alexiadis (very talented animator!!) asked me to photograph his animation and so I did. It is beautiful! You are surrounded by magic! Just go before it ends!


And this is Babis, posing for my portrait. Thank you Babis!!!

J + J — Wedding shoot

Everytime I think London has shown  me everything, I discover new people and new cultures.
Two weeks ago I partnered up with Alicia's Bridal to shoot this young and traditional asian wedding.
I know I keep saying this, but being among happy families just fills my heart with joy. I love family shoots and celebrations and this one was a lot of fun all through out the day.
J. and J. are such a cute couple, I wish them all the luck in the world!!

I'm available for Wedding photoshoots in the UK and abroad. Just use the contact page to get in touch and book your own. 

Brexit — Referendum Day

Usually I write good things and show pictures of love and happiness. After yesterday's referendum, I can't. I feel like a good friend has passed away.
I went out yesterday to photograph the mood in the streets of London, it was raining massively and people looked generally sad and anxious. This is what I brought home — pictures of sadness.
I will resume with news from happy photoshoots tomorrow, because life goes on, but for today, this is all I have.

Maternity shoot — so much love!!

There's a little baby in M.'s belly. A cute little baby!! And I can't wait to meet her!!!
M and P are going to be amazing parents. There's so much love there! And I'm going to be a very happy Aunty Jojo!

I'm available for family shoots and portrait sessions in the UK, Portugal and other countries (I will travel to meet you).
Just use the contact page to get in touch and book your shoot!